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NAN: Keeping an Infant’s Environment Safe and Clean

Since virtually all of an infant’s toys will make their way to the infant’s mouth, it’s important that toys are cleaned regularly and inspected for breakage or excessive wear. Toys that are damaged, worn and pose a safety risk to the infant should be removed from the infant’s environment.

Nannies should check the Canadian Consumer Products Safety website frequently for recalled toys and remove any toys that have been recalled immediately. 

Nannies must also remember that as a child becomes more mobile and his strength increases, more objects will be within his reach. Nannies should be on the lookout for hazards and remove them from the infant’s environment.

Nannies should also remember to always supervise the children in their care and to never leave infants unattended on high surfaces, like a couch or changing table. 

Since infants spend lots of time on the floor, it’s important that their caregivers ensure that the infant’s play area is clean. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly and free from debris and any blankets that are put down on floors for playtime should be washed regularly. 

Nannies should also work with parents to ensure that home is appropriately child-proofed. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Keeping an Infant’s Environment Safe and Clean